16 Jul '13, 9am

Should you ever pay a bribe while travelling in Africa? Our expert has the answer

It depends where you are, first of all, and also what the context is. In most circumstances you can refuse bluntly, but occasionally it's unavoidable (most people don't get through Zanzibar immigration without being relieved of US$50, having already paid the genuine visa entry cost in mainland Tanzania ). Shouting very loudly can sometimes work in East Africa, but not in West. Jokes are very good, as is a counter-intuitive interest in the bribe-taker's gun. I once saw someone drop to the ground, pretend to have a fit, and then play dead. On getting up, he said 'I have epilepsy, sir, and must go in search of my medicine' and walked off, leaving the policeman dumbfounded. I've found the best technique is to lower a pair of spectacles to the bridge of the nose while saying, 'I am a member of Her Majesty's press corps'; but that might not work so well after the News Internatio...

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